With the increase in the load limit for winter road, materials for the 3NE solar farm were shipped into the Fort Chipewyan community
Ten truckloads of solar panels, ten truckloads of racking and screw piles for the foundations and two control buildings that house the inverters and electronics for the farm were transported on the winter road
ATCO brought in their own materials for the batteries and controls for their plants which allowed them to receive power; this power was then incorporated into the electrical grid.
Construction consisted of putting screw piles in the ground and erecting the frames and racking that the solar panels would sit on. The solar panels were then mounted onto the racking. A battery storage facility began at the same time.
The Three Nations Energy Solar farm was launched November 17, 2020 with a ceremony at the solar farm in Fort Chipewyan featuring drummers, prayers and messages from local leadership and the directors of 3NE.
Upon completion of testing and startup, the solar farm began delivering power to the community, offsetting 25% of the community’s electricity needs from diesel power generation. This included the battery system, which acts as a buffer to allow the solar farm and the diesel generators to work together and has a capacity of 1.5MWh.